Is Fortnite down? Latest status updates

FORTNITE Chapter 3 is finally upon us – but some users have reported problems with the popular video game.

Disappointed gamers were unable to access the server on Thursday, December 30. So is Fortnite still down? Here's what we know.

Is Fortnite down?

On Thursday, December 30, the official Fortnite Status account tweeted: "We are investigating the login issues to the game.

"We will update you when the issues are resolved."

The issues have affected players trying to get involved in Winterfest 2021.

Problems started around 4pm GMT and appear to be worldwide.

According to Downdetector, there is a severe connection issue.

This means players are struggling to login and access the website.

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When else was Fortnite down?

Fortnite was reported to be down on December 29.

According to Downdetector, users reported issues with the server connection and logging in. The issues began in the US around 10.40am EST.

Some users reported saying they had an error message say, "you don't have permission to play Fortnite."

Gamers took to Twitter to discuss Fortnite being down and the servers not working.

Fortnite commented on the outage saying, "We are investigating login, matchmaking and other issues. We will update you when the issues are resolved."

On December 14, users had issues with the game ahead of a new update.

The developers, Epic Games, said they had disabled matchmaking ahead of the upcoming v19.01 update.

On its server status page, it noted that almost all parts of Fortnite were “under maintenance”.

This includes game services to the item shops and leaderboards. 

On December 14, game services, login, matchmaking and more were under maintenance as the company rolls out the v19.01 update.

That was the first big update to Fortnite Chapter Three.

It will likely add a number of new items and NPCs for the game's annual seasonal WinterFest event.

It was previously inaccessible for fans as it geared up for the launch of the new season.

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 1pm PT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET / 9pm GMT players took part in the live Fortnite "The End" event.

The event was a one-time only deal so if you missed it, there's no way to play it once it's over.

Fortnite's epic season finale featured an appearance by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, which is no great shock, given all the hints the game and he have been doling out lately.

The season ended with the island flipping upside down to reveal a brand new map.

The Fortnite server downtime ended at 3pm GMT on Sunday, December 5.

What is Fortnite Chapter 3?

Fortnite Chapter 3 was released on December 7, 2021.

The highly-anticipated new instalment features an entirely new map, several new locations and new weather effects – including tornadoes.

It is home to a few biomes, including eastern tropics, a snowfield in the west, and a baked canyon to the south.

There are new weapons and new skins including “Lotus Walker” Shanta, which was unlocked immediately with the Battle Pass.

New gameplay mechanics have been introduced with Chapter 3 designed to let you navigate across the map faster.

Characters are equipped with better movement techniques, such as sliding or swinging, while new Battle Pass skins have also been unveiled – which includes Spider-Man.

The superhero has his own location on the map – the iconic Daily Bugle office.

Now the final confrontation with the Cube Queen has concluded, Epic Games says it is the perfect chance for new players to join in.

There are also a string of new goodies to browse in the Fortnite Item Shop, such as a number of new weapons.

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